February 14, 2012

Page Cavanaugh - successfully straddled Jazz and Pop in the 1940's.

As long as we're looking at Pop Music the last several decades I thought I would make a brief stop in the 1940's where Pop and Jazz blended for a while before parting company. Tonight it's The Page Cavanaugh Trio who made quite a name for themselves on Radio and in films in the 1940's providing backup for such artists as a young Doris Day and for Frank Sinatra's Radio show.

Fashioned after the smooth presentation of the Nat "King" Cole Trio, The Page Cavanaugh Trio managed to appeal to both Jazz and mainstream Pop audiences, and their long legacy as a Lounge Act served as a model for a number of up-and-comers in the small-combo genre all through the late 40's and 1950's.

Tonight it's a track they recorded for RCA Victor and released in 1948 but didn't chart. No Moon At All is typical of the Cavanaugh Trio style. Tight vocal harmonies either sung or whispered and trading off solos between Page Cavanaugh's piano and the guitar of Al Viola.

Again, it's off an original 78 so I have no idea if it's been reissued or if any of their RCA material has been reissued.

The maze of Pop Music appears to have no end.

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